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Saturday, April 30, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: EUGENIO SUAREZ 3B CINCINNATI REDS

While a whole bunch has gone wrong for the Cincinnati Reds early in this 2016 fantasy baseball season, one bright spot has been the tremendous play of third baseman Eugenio Suarez.  Only considered a moderate prospect while coming up the Detroit Tigers system, Suarez found new life with the Reds where he came up and opened a bunch of eyes by smacking 13 home runs, stealing 4 bases, and batting .280 in 398 at-bats while playing mostly shortstop.  While on the surface those numbers were impressive, yours truly was not buying them completely as I pointed out Suarez' very lucky .341 BABIP and for the fact his K rate was a high 23.6 percent.  If the luck was more in the average range, Suarez would have had about a .260 average which would have taken shine off the homers.  Be that as it may, Suarez looks like he is determined to get the last laugh as he has been one of the more impressive early season performers as he went into Tuesday's games with 5 home runs, 4 steals, and a .301 average at the age of 24.  While he is playing third base for the Reds Suarez retained the precious shortstop eligibility for another season which was key.  In addition, Suarez has helped himself by vastly improving his K rate thus far to a very low 13.8 percent.  With a .298 BABIP that is right along the mean mark, Suarez' current .301 average is accurate.  Throw in improved power and more aggressiveness on the bases and Suarez is really earning a profit for his fantasy baseball owners.  While Suarez will likely cool a bit from his hot start, I am now feeling more confident that he can sustain his numbers moving well into the remainder of the season. 

 

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